Campaign Choirs Network

The Campaign Choirs Network is a loose affiliation of like-minded choirs across the UK sharing a belief in a better world for all and dedicated to taking action by singing about it!

Use the tabs above to find out more about:

  • the origins and aims of the Network
  • other member choirs
  • events, demonstrations and rallies
  • stirring and moving songs, both traditional and new
  • useful links to other organisations and groups

This  is the site for campaigning choirs to come to share events, music and ideas – please join us!

Latest News

Wake Up! – new climate change song from Penny Stone

Penny Stone has written a new song about climate change available for all to sing. It is called Wake Up! and incorporates words from Greta Thunberg and school student strike banners. You can find this on the Protest in Harmony website here.

Possible CCN events in September and October 2019

Three forthcoming events in London represent fertile territory for CCN choirs’ involvement. These are the UK Student Climate Network (20th September), the Tory Party Conference (29th September-2nd October) and the Extinction Rebellion Peace Roadblock (7th – 21st October). Find out more, who’s planning to attend and any further arrangements on the Upcoming Events page.

Stop the Arms Fair September 2019

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Raised Voices were present in force at the recent Stop the Arms Fair protest in London during the DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) exhibition at the ExCel Centre. See them in fine voice below.

Leon Rosselson August 2019

Longtime singer-songwriter Leon Rosselson has emailed the CCN with links to clips of new songs he has written. He says in his message: ‘As I’m not recording any more, I’m sending round to those who might be interested the few songs I’ve written since my final CD. Whatever they’re worth, it seems a pity to let them die unheard.’ It would be a pity so here they are!

Street Choirs Festival July 2019

Logo of the Street Choirs Festival 2019 in Manchester.

Many Campaign Choirs participated in the Street Choirs Festival in Manchester from July 12th to 14th. This event, which has been running for many years, is where choirs from around the UK join together, share songs, listen to each other and, most importantly, sing out in the local streets. Thanks go to Manchester Community Choir who organised this year’s Festival so efficiently. A heart-warming and enjoyable time was had by all!

After the rousing Massed Sing, involving 1000 voices in Cathedral Square, several CCN members managed to insert an impromptu rendition of the Internationale ahead of the official singing of this anthem the following day!

Below are some photos of CCN choirs in singing action over the weekend.

Liverpool Socialist Singers in front of the Emmeline Pankhurst statue
Red Leicester busking in front of the Library
Protest in Harmony busking

The CCN’s Annual Meeting was also held during the Street Choirs Festival on Sunday 14th July, and minutes of this meeting are now available on the CCN Annual Meetings page.

Protest against Trump Visit June 2019

Campaign Choirs joined forces on Tuesday 4th June in London to protest at the state visit of Donald Trump. The march, from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square, was organised by the Stop The War Coalition and involved approximately 75,000 people. The Guardian recorded some interviews with protestors which you can view here.

Singers from Strawberry Thieves, Raised Voices, Red and Green and other choirs were involved and a special song sheet was produced for the occasion (see below).

National Demonstration for Palestine May 2019

Several Campaign Choirs were involved in the National Demonstration for Palestine on Saturday 11th May both in London and elsewhere as the images below demonstrate.

North-west choirs also protested at the BBC studios in Salford – see video of Open Voice, Manchester Community, Calder Valley and Bolton Clarion choirs. For the London event, marching from Portland Place to Whitehall, Strawberry Thieves put together a songsheet (see below). 

Comrades singing in Aberystwyth …
… and Leeds.

Singing For Our Lives publication

The book Singing For Our Lives is now available. Written by the Campaign Choirs Writing Collective and launched at the 2018 Street Choirs Festival in Brighton, it documents and analyses the various political, societal and personal influences on the development of the street choirs movement over the last 40 years or more. Read a review of the book by Peace News here. And why not order your own copy from the publisher by clicking on the cover left!

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